Dear #Positivity Friends,
When the dog days of summer arrive, you know it. These are the scorchers that make you want to crank up the AC and move around as little as possible or just hunt down a little sliver of shade under a tree where you can get some relief. I had never even thought about what part a dog plays in the “dog days” until my family got a dog last year. Now when I watch him flop down from the heat and give me a look that says, “Don’t bother me, man—it’s HOT out here,” I think, oh, this is a dog day!
It turns out that actual dogs have nothing to do with the phrase “dog days of summer.” The ancient Romans referred to the short, hot period when Sirius (a.k.a., the dog star) appears in the sky before the sun in the morning (late July through the middle of August) as “dies caniculares” or “days of the dog star,” which eventually became known as “dog days.” Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—gets its nickname due to its prominence in the constellation Canis Major. I believe that makes it the Top Dog in the “Greater Dog” constellation—no small distinction!
We all have to power through the same steamy, waning days of summer. Do yourself (and your pooch, if you have one) a favor and find a cool spot to ride out these dog days. Before you know it you’ll be pulling out a sweater to comfort you on the first chilly September morning!
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With hope and positivity,